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Poached Pears, Pickled Peppers And Homebrewing

We have poached pears and a pickled pepper relish, both recipes using ingredients fresh from the garden. And home brewing is all the rage these days.

Verbena Poached Pears

Photo: Jessie Wallner/WFIU

The poached pear is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, local blackberries and a sprig of lemon verbena.

Celebrating All Things Fall

When it comes to selling produce, farmers have a few options. There are grocery stores, then there are farmers markets. But road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Missouri. The folks at Harvest Public Media go inside their world: a night peddling freshly picked vegetables on the streets.

Looking at the amazing garden at Chef Daniel Orr’s house in Columbus, Indiana makes me think that he never has to buy food from local farmers because he grows so much of his own. Fittingly, we’re standing in his garden collecting ingredients for the Verbena Poached Pears With Blackberries. First things first, shake the pear tree.

The DIY culture surrounding the local food movement isn’t limited to just gardening, cooking and food preservation. Home brewing has become a popular hobby for folks who both love beer and who are invested in executing what amounts to a rather elaborate science experiment. Josephine McRobbie visits with a couple home brewers at the UpCup Homebrew Competition in Bloomington, Indiana.

Beer takes an awfully long time to develop its flavor. The same thing is true with this next recipe, but just like great homebrew, it’s worth the wait. With the Pickled Pepper Relish, you can enjoy the color and flavor — and heat — of the summer harvest into the winter months.

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Young Farmers Peddle Vegetables On The Street

Bicycle At The Market

Road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Missouri.

Verbena Poached Pears

Verbena Poached Pears

We are using pears plucked from the tree in my front yard, a sprig of lemon verbena from the garden and fresh local raspberries for this fruity dessert recipe.

Home Brewers Compete For Hopped Glory In Upland Brewery’s UpCup

a bartender serving beer

People of different cultures have been making their own batches of beer for over ten thousand years, starting in early Neolithic times.

Pickled Pepper Relish

Pickled Pepper Relish

This recipe is like Carnival in Rio -- a festival of colors, flavors and aromas.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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